How do you select a part of a picture in Inkscape?

Asked by Chris Shine on 2011-08-21

I have a JPEG image file and I want to select a piece of that image in Inkscape. How do I do this with Inkscape?

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jazzynico (jazzynico) said : #2


It's currently not possible to crop a bitmap in Inkscape (but the feature will be added in version 0.49).

For now, the easiest way to select part of your image consists in using a clip path:
1. Draw a shape on you image with the size and position of the part of the bitmap you want to select.
2. Select the bitmap and the clip path.
3. Use Object>Clip>Set.

Please not that the process is non-destructive and that you can release or modify the clip path.
More details in the manual (


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